Oh we do love to be beside the seaside! Poised above the cliff edge to a backdrop of rustic headland (an inspiring setting for platefuls of Cornish mussels) this glass-fronted edifice overlooks the ocean; a magical setting in all weathers. Polar opposite of the ‘quaint local’, Lewinnick Lodge is large and luminous with a friendly modern vibe. Be wowed by a wall of glass, a sweep of oak, a sparkling bar, an open fire, efficient staff who make everyone welcome (including the dog). You can eat in or out; try feasting on light and fresh polenta-crusted squid followed by Cornish crab linguine – or tuck into a succulent steak dish, sourced from local Cornish farms. Bedrooms are light, airy and have sea views, some with a bath overlooking the ocean, all with large comfortable beds and smartly tiled bathrooms. Wander down (latest time 11.30!) to a breakfast outside on the terrace if you want: full Cornish, or Mexican-style eggs are a favourite with excellent, freshly-roasted coffee. Walk it off on the coastal path.